Employees making a difference

Every day, around the globe, our #BofAVolunteers are helping improve communities, whether mentoring youth, advancing better money habits for individuals or building affordable housing for working families.

Our employees donate generously to causes that they care about, from disaster relief to education and other community needs. Each year, our employees volunteer 2 million hours to strengthen communities and provide generous financial donations to more than 25,000 nonprofits around the world.

Annually, their giving directs more than $60 million in total to communities via individual giving and the bank’s matching gifts program.

Kevin and Jamie

Preparing the next generation to succeed in a global economy

Every February for the past three years, Jamie Mayes, senior relationship manager, Global Banking & Markets, rallies with her colleagues in Tulsa, Oklahoma to host and compete in a Junior Achievement bowl-a-thon at a nearby bowling alley. All proceeds of the popular event directly benefit Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. And the giving doesn’t stop there. Each employee who participates in the bowl-a-thon, including Jamie, extends the power of their donation through the bank’s employee giving program, which matches dollar-for-dollar.

“It’s both rewarding and inspiring to see firsthand the impact that the Junior Achievement curriculum has on the students,” said Jamie. “It’s a long day but the kids stay engaged and have a lot of fun doing a range of activities they don’t usually do in their regular classroom setting.”

More support for giving back

To further unite our company behind the concept of giving back, we celebrate our passion every April during “Global Service Month.” During that time, we plan special volunteer activities and recognize all of the spectacular work our team does during the year.

Other ways we encourage employees:

  • Paid time off to volunteer
  • Grants up to $1,000 for organizations where employees volunteer
  • Celebrate employees who make a difference with company-wide honor rolls and our annual Global Volunteer Awards
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizing U.S. employees who log at least 200 volunteer hours annually
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Addressing the issue of economic mobility by giving to the United Way

Global General Counsel David Leitch has experienced firsthand the positive impact that the United Way has on communities, first in Detroit and now in Charlotte, which is why he has supported the organization for more than 15 years. In 2018 alone, Bank of America employees donated close to $3 million and volunteered nearly 15,000 hours of their time to the United Way worldwide to help make a difference in the lives of more than 61 million people in nearly 1,800 communities across the globe. Beginning in 2019, the United Way became eligible for matching gifts through Bank of America’s updated, more flexible employee giving program.

“I have long supported the United Way because of its important convening role and community impact,” said David. “It provides not only financial support, but also organizational support and the coordination of efforts across various charitable organizations that are working together to address issues.”

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Better Money Habits® Volunteer Champions

Better Money Habits® Champion Connie Montana is one of hundreds of volunteers who empower people with the knowledge of how finances build a secure future. Some of Connie’s go-to financial tips for her students are to pay yourself first and calculate how many hours you need to work to pay for the things you want. She loves helping her audience realize the path to better finances also leads to a better quality of life.

Better Money Habits® connects people to the tools, resources and education they need to achieve their financial goals. Hundreds of dedicated Volunteer Champions deliver financial tips and lessons to individuals and families all across the U.S., which helps them become homeowners, pay down debt, save for college and more.

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Habitat for Humanity®

Stable, affordable housing is the backbone of strong communities, which is why our 30+ year partnership with Habitat for Humanity® is so meaningful to us. Every year, Bank of America employees volunteer around 35,000 hours with Habitat. Recently, volunteers from our Global Technology & Operations helped Habitat’s Charlotte chapter, partnering with Apparo (a nonprofit that assists other nonprofits with technology) to update hardware, improve efficiency and make their technology more secure.

Assistant General Counsel Brett Shockley

Bank of America partners with Legal Aid

Sometimes those who need legal aid the most have the greatest difficulty affording it. That’s why employees across Bank of America’s Legal Department are actively involved in providing pro bono work ― a Latin term signifying free, public-interest legal services — in the communities we serve.

As part of this effort, Bank of America recently offered Charlotte attorneys a unique opportunity to leave their current role for three months to work exclusively with Legal Aid of North Carolina, an organization that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income individuals and families to help remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.